How to Ensure Your Windows are Secure

Window Locks

Maybe you already have a home security system, so you don’t think you need to worry about securing your windows. While this might seem like a good thought due to the motion sensors you have, it’s still a good idea to make sure your windows are secure.

Along with your home security system, there are some very easy and good ways to secure your windows. Let’s look at a few of the best ways to make sure your windows are secure.

6 Ways to Properly Secure Your Windows

1. Locks

The first place to start is with locks. While you may already have window locks, since most come with them, it might be necessary to choose an aftermarket window lock.

You can choose pin locks for ground floor windows and even keyed locks for the most vulnerable windows. Hinged wedge locks also work well with double-hung windows and sash locks are a good choice for double-hung windows.

2. Tempered Glass

If you’re replacing your windows, you can choose windows with tempered glass. It’s stronger than annealed glass, which means it will be harder to break.

Since tempered glass goes through the heating and cooling process more than just once, it becomes stronger. This type of glass also doesn’t break into jagged pieces.

3. Add Security Cameras

Security cameras may not help physically make your windows more secure, but they certainly help with security. You can add outdoor security cameras as a deterrent.

Choosing HD video cameras with night vision will give you a great option to help secure your windows.

4. Motion Sensor Lights

Another option for better window security is to install motion sensor lights outside. These tend to freeze would-be burglars and send them packing. They won’t want to take the change of being caught in the light, so they will likely leave.

Some motion censored lights will even send an alarm to your phone when they are set off.

5. Plant Thorny Shrubbery

If you want to add to your landscaping, you can choose thorny shrubbery to plant around and below the windows in your home. When burglars try to break in, they will either get pricked by crawling through the shrubbery or they will know it’s thorny and move on.

6. Window Bars

While they may not look the best, window bars add another layer of security to your home. You can choose window bars that match your home or give it a specific feel.

You don’t have to choose the common ones you see at stores. There are some window bars offering a more decorative look, while also providing better window security for your home.

Securing your home’s windows is very important. You want to make sure criminals cannot easily access your home from any window they can reach.

Of course, you don’t want to forget about second-floor windows, as they can become access points for more creative burglars. If you have a second-floor balcony, make sure the sliding door and any windows on it are also secured properly.

Analyze the Locks on Your Home

Various locks for the home

Because the safety of your family and all valuables inside the home depend largely on whatever system of security you have installed, it’s worth conducting a thorough review of all the locks you have in place. While door and window locks alone will not prevent any really determined criminal from gaining entry to your home, high-quality locks which have been well installed will at least delay a criminal’s access long enough for help to arrive.

Deadbolt locks

While deadbolt locks can be highly effective, it is crucial that they’re installed correctly in the first place. If the hole on the door frame is not drilled deep enough for the deadbolt to be fully engaged, that bolt won’t extend far enough into the drilled hole to provide the maximum security it was intended for. This will reduce the value of a deadbolt down to the level of an ordinary lock, or worse.

Windows

If your windows can be accessed externally and will slide open, you should have a secondary lock installed on them besides what was provided originally. In most cases, the locking mechanism that comes with such windows is a simple latch that only holds the window closed, and doesn’t really lock them against external access. The vast majority of these can easily be opened from the outside, especially by a skillful burglar.

Sliding glass doors

One of the most easily accessible points in any home is a sliding glass patio door. Generally speaking, these doors are located in the rear of the home, providing just the kind of privacy a burglar needs to carry out an entry attempt. Sliding doors typically have only the same latching mechanism that windows do, and are not really secure unless you have another method of locking them.

Yard gates

If your backyard can be accessed through a gate, it would be a good idea to have it secured with a lock other than what it was sold with. To make things simpler for yourself, you can even have the lock keyed so it can be opened with your house key. Another good deterrent against entry into your backyard would be to install outdoor lighting and have it focused on any points of entry.